Greetings and Salutations.
About two or three weeks ago, I purchased a book entitled "Alchemy & Mysticism : The Hermetic Cabinet" from my local bookstore.
A lovely little composium of illustrations and brief notations, and I was astonished to find a number of illustrations within that were personally
relevant and introspective to my personal symbology...
But here's the conundrum.
I set the book down for a few weeks, and today, upon picking up the same book, I was unable to find the diagrams that had stuck me so deeply and thus
inticed me to purchase said book.
Now, oddly enough - where these initial greyscale illustrations and mapping used to be, there is now a wealth of renissance era "biblical"
illustrations of demons and devils wreaking havoc on mankind - something I have always had a profound distate for, yet never noticed upon my first
through run through of the book.
The aforementioned illustrations of interest are no where to be found.
Now, granted - this is not a large and massive text - in fact, the entire collection runs no more than approximately 191 pages, and every page is an
illustration or collection of such.
I am utterly perplexed I cannot find these images, and I have been going through the text page by page for well over two hours now, and still - I
cannot find what I seek.
I have run through every possible scenario to explain the images I remember, yet cannot locate.
Has anyone else experienced a phenomena of this sort?
I am not the type of person to buy books lightly, nor am I the type to hallucinate material of this nature.
I am, at the moment, very upset that where there were once very descript, metaphysical illustrations of the universe and mans "place" within it done
in a very succint and elevated style, that now there is nothing but these coloring book depictions of demonic influence over mankind.
I'm wondering if I just hapened upon the intial text during a transcendant point, and was thus revealed the original illustrations, and have since
"fallen" to a lower intellectual incarnation - hence the "lower nature" of the pictures within.
Thank you for your time and attentions, and any challenges into the state of my mental health will be subsequentially ignored.
Peace and light.
[edit on 1/12/09 by GENERAL EYES]